Beach Ford Lincoln Mercury of Suffolk plans to welcome Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. trucks to their line up by the end of this year.
Mahindra, a brand currently known only for tractors, will offer a pick up truck similar in size to a Dodge Dakota. It will be offered with rear- and all-wheel-drive, and standard features will include six-speed automatic transmission, power windows and locks, keyless entry, air conditioning, four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Mahindra trucks is that they’re powered by diesel engines.
Nine diesel models from Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan and Toyota were planned for the next two years, but were shelved as these larger automakers steered away from the stigma of diesel fuel.
Mahindra engines use common-rail diesel technology found in Mercedes-Benz and BMW vehicles. The system’s fuel injection differs from traditional diesels, giving the vehicle gasoline-engine performance, traditional diesel fuel economy and lower emissions.
These trucks will be a great alternative for people who don’t need a full-sized truck.
EPA hasn’t released fuel economy numbers yet, but mileage is expected to be in the low 30s.
For more information, read the recent article in the Virginian-Pilot, or take a trip to Beach Ford Lincoln Mercury of Suffolk and talk to our friendly staff.